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Adele returns to number one
Adele returns to the top of the singles chart following a mass clear-out of Christmas songs. Ed Sheeran is back at the top of the albums chart.

Adele is back on top of the singles, and Ed Sheeran on albums

We all wish Suedey all our best at the moment, and in the meantime I will be doing the more superficial Chart Commentary Substitute Teacher fill-in. The headline news is Adele returns for an 8th week on top of the singles rundown as there is a mass evacuation of Christmas songs, and Ed Sheeran returns to the top of the album chart.

Adele gets a re-set (no idea why, a new year a new set of chart rules as per) and now has the longest run at number one for a solo female act with a non-consecutive 8th week as Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Adele continue to take turns on top. Thatís bad news for abcdefu as Gayle leaps up to 2 after pre-christmas weeks of challenging, climbing up from 14, having previously peaked at 6 and looking a cert earlier in the week to top the chart, but in the event is trumped by just over 2,000 ďsalesĒ. Radio 2 is playing a cleaned-up version currently. I havenít heard it yet but I assume itís an instrumental as the lyrics make Alanis Morissetteís You Oughta Know sound quite tame and tasteful on the Bitterness Scale in comparison. Gayle is a 17-year-old American sounding not entirely unlike Olivia Rodrigo, but with added Doja Cat-styled potty-mouth.

Up to a new peak of 3 from 30, itís Sam Fender and Seventeen Going Under, though he is actually 27 and seems pretty popular on Buzzjack and now also in the charts. Iíve yet to succumb to the charms of his records, mostly because every other young singer seems to be called Sam these days and I get them mixed up, but it seems fine and Iím in favour of Sax coming back into pop music. Thereís a lot tracks with swear words in the chart, so itís a bit of a relief to have some family fare in the shape of several songs from Disneyís new movie Encanto, led by the entire cast on We Donít Talk About Bruno at 4, new inside the top 40, Jessica Darrowís Surface Pressure at 14, the castís The Family Madrigal at 30, and also would have had What Else Can I Do? at 38 if not for the pesky 3-track rules. Clearly if theyíd only bunged a few expletives in they would have charted even higher, shame on you Disney for keeping it clean!

SwitchOTR featuring A1 xJ1 bound in entering at 5. I was really hoping it was the 90Ďs boyband guesting, but sadly not, Coming For You is drill beats with some ramblings over it. If I understand the lyrics (and itís not easy to translate into English, so apologies for mis-translations!) Switch seems to be keen on retaliation to violence his crew has suffered, wants to get rich, is a bit disenchanted with girls being a bit picky and hangs with his broís cos the world is full of liars. Itís like itís 1996 still. Ed Sheeranís Peru is nothing to do with Encanto, itís a Fireboy DML collab (no, me either) up to 6 ensuring his presence in the top 10 just enough to help boost his profile to boot Adele off the album top spot, along with Shivers at 10 and Overpass Graffiti at 11, but the number ones Bad Habits and and Merry Christmas are 3-track-ruled-out, the latter being an (I think) chart first - a new track at number one...and then out the chart the following week. Thatís out of the entire top 100.

ArrDee is also new peaking at 7 with Flowers (Say My Name), the 19-year-old Brighton rapper romantically telling his latest gf that she canít expect flowers cos his Woody is enough for any girl. I assume heís a fan of Toy Story. Smooth-talking like that is bound to impress. Not girls, just other teenage boys who think that will help them do some chatting up. Sadly, the Xmas clear-out leaves space for D-Block Europe to climb into the top 10 at 8, Overseas they promise, their name giving hope that they are moving abroad, but sadly not, they are appearing at a British venue near you very soon. Good of them to give advance warning though, appreciate it lads! They also enter the 40 with AJ Tracy on tow promising to Make You Smile at 15. With relief at not getting a concert ticket as a Christmas present in my case.

27 years old DJ producer Acraze is hitting 9 from 43 with Cherish. Sadly, not a Madonna cover, sheís a featured artist on Do It To It, a dance track thatís high on beats and low on melody. When I say ďlowĒ I mean the same few notes repeated for 3 minutes, what in olden days used to be called ďa bit sameyĒ. Notes musical are precious commodities in the dance-banger world of 2021, to be used judiciously. Iím guessing some folk have been New Years Eve clubbing in England, what with that 34-place sudden climb.

Elsewhere in the 40, Ewan McVicar is back as Stevie Wonderís Tell Me Something Good, sampling Rufus and Chaka Khan, at 16, Joel Corry & Mabelís I Wish is new peaking at 17 and back in the 40, Imagine Dragons & coís Enemy is up to 18, their 4th top 20 to date, Years & Years and Galantis combine for a new top 40 entry on Sweet Talker at 36, Ollyís 11th and Galantisí 6th, Central Cee gets a 7th with Daily Duppy to add to his Overseas collab with D Block Europe at 35, and Luude debuts at 32 with his version of Men At Workís 1983 UK number one, Down Under, the dance revamp having actual Men At Work lead singer & main man Colin Hay on it - I saw them in concert in 1984, and that extends Colinís run of chart success to 40 years. Not bad going! Tiesto and Ava Max debut at 37 with The Motto, thatís Tiestoís 16th top 40, and Ava Maxís 5th, and ARZ debuts at 29 with a track that peaked at 48 in August, most likely revived due to the Ticketty-Tock thing that seems behind old tracks charting as a rule. Everything else entering the chart is a re-entry at lower peaks, from Coldplay and BTS to Adele, Beiber and Glass Animals and much much more.

On the albums chart nothing much is going on, though Ed Sheeran Equals a new year chart-topper after being blocked by Abba and Adele since the album first debuted on top. Those continue to make up the top 3 albums and there are no new entries - just Hits collections going back up (The Weeknd The Highlights, Elton John Diamonds, ABBA Gold, Beatles 1, George Michael Twentyfive, Oasis Time Flies, Fleetwood Mac Donít Stop). The Usual Crowd, in other words. Kylieís DISCO gets a new sales boost with yet another version to buy, up to 28, Little Mix Between Us up to 4 as they ďtake a breakĒ till the solo stuff does or doesnít work out, Olivia Rodrigo SOUR at 5, and D-Block Europe Home Alone 2 at 6. Presumably cos the movie was on over Christmas. Were they in the scene with Donald Trump? My memory isnít what it was. Apart from that, as per usual in a new year chart, not a lot of album movement of interest, so Iíll just shrug shoulders, yawn and take comfort in ABBA hanging in at 3 to give them a top 10 slot in an umpteenth calendar year, or just a 9th year with a studio album. Or a 6th consecutive decade including hits albums, I would imagine.

Happy New Year!
Published on: 2022-01-07 by Suedehead2 || 1327 Views
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